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Boarman sworn in as U.S. Public Printer

Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM


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William J. “Bill” Boarman has been sworn in as the 26th Public Printer of the United States.  President Obama announced his appointment on December 29, 2010.  Boarman will serve as the CEO and lead more than 2,300 employees at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

The historic agency was created by Congress 150 years ago and opened its doors on March 4, 1861. Through war and peace, boom and bust, the men and women of GPO have produced and distributed the official documents of our nation for the past century and a half.  Boarman, who started his career nearly 40 years ago at GPO printing some of those historic documents, returns as the agency’s leader.

"I am honored and humbled by the confidence the President has placed in me to lead this historic agency," says Boarman.  "This is a homecoming of sorts, as I began my career at GPO in the 1970s.   For 150 years GPO has been serving the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public.  I look forward to serving as Public Printer and working with GPO’s talented group of men and women in continuing and improving on that legacy of service."

"Bill Boarman is a tremendous selection for Public Printer," says House Administration Committee Chairman Robert A. Brady. "His extensive experience in the printing industry, as well as his active leadership in and long-term involvement with the Communications Workers of America, make him uniquely qualified to fulfill this role.  Bill's integrity and industry knowledge, as well as his strong focus on the importance of a strong, supported workforce will be an important asset.”

During his confirmation hearing, Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Charles E. Schumer said, “We are fortunate to have a nominee of Mr. Boarman’s caliber and experience in this important post.”  House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said, “I think the Administration has made an excellent choice for Public Printer,” and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski said, “William Boarman is uniquely qualified to run the Government Printing Office.”  American Association of Law Libraries President Catherine Lemann said, “We are confident he will also bring a new spirit and visibility to the agency and to all its stakeholders, including federal depository libraries.”

Read more about Boarman here: President Obama to appoint Public Printer.